A large company behind the scenes of the exploding e-commerce business is hiring for its Coppell warehouse and headlining pitches to prospective employees with “Highest pay in the land!”
Uline, one of the largest shipping materials distributors in North America, is adding 100 full-time jobs at its Coppell distribution center with pay starting at $23 an hour and going up to $30.
Compensation for the full-time jobs includes annual bonuses of more than $7,000 paid out in December. The pay rate is standard for Uline’s facilities in 12 cities.
Amazon’s starting rate for warehouse workers is $15 an hour, the same rate many believe should be the minimum wage.
Uline, a family-owned and -operated company based in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has estimated yearly revenue of more than $6 billion and said its sales have posted double-digit percentage increases in each of the last five years. Sales increased more than 30% last year.
Some of the new demand is from brick-and-mortar retailers that ramped up their e-commerce businesses, said Jim Henegar, Uline’s Texas branch manager. “They all needed everything from boxes, stretch wrap to tape, and that had a big impact on our business.”
E-commerce sales accelerated during the pandemic, up 32.4% in 2020 from the prior year and reaching 14% of total U.S. retail sales, up from 11% in 2019.
Uline stocks 1,700 sizes of boxes and wood crates and over the years has expanded to 37,500 products used by retailers, warehouses and fulfillment centers.
The company has outgrown the 985,000-square-foot warehouse it built in Coppell in 2011, and next year it will move into 1.2 million-square-foot and 500,000-square-foot warehouses at the southwest corner of DFW International Airport in Irving. The move may take a year or two to complete, Henegar said. Those buildings, in Trammell Crow Co.’s Passport Park development, are among the biggest recent industrial deals in the area.
Uline has to keep a lot of inventory in its warehouses because it promises next-day delivery on orders placed by 6 p.m.
Uline came to Texas 20 years ago when it moved into a 140,000-square-foot building. At the time, there was only a Minyard grocery warehouse nearby and cows grazing in pastures, Henegar said. The Container Store moved in a couple of years later, and Amazon followed when it opened its first Texas fulfillment center in Coppell in 2013 and later added two more.
Amazon is among Uline’s top three or four customers, Henegar said, and as Amazon has expanded into more cities, it has opened near Uline’s operations. In Coppell, there are other distribution centers nearby for Staples and Craftmade. This time, Uline is following Amazon to the DFW Airport property in Irving.
Uline’s 100 new jobs are for its Coppell facility at 980 W. Bethel Road, where it already has 539 employees and ships to customers in Texas and eight other states. Those jobs will eventually move to the new Irving warehouses.
Applicants have to start online to get an interview appointment, the company said. Uline has more than 7,000 employees.
The company was founded in 1980 in Wisconsin when Liz and Dick Uihlein decided there was a need for a local shipping supply distributor and started their business under a modified spelling of their last name. The business started out of their basement with a carton sizing tool, the H-101, which they still sell for $17.
The Uihleins have been active donors to political campaigns and were profiled in The New York Times in 2018 as “the most powerful conservative couple you’ve never heard of.”